#ygkChallenge: K&P Urban Extension

K&P Trail, K&P Urban Extension, Kingston, OntarioThe #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston (and the world) a slightly better place to live, work and play.

This week’s #ygkchallenge encourages you to:

Check out the K&P Trail’s urban extension. On Saturday, June 10th, The City of Kingston officially unveiled the brand new extension of the K&P Trail in downtown Kingston. The K&P Trail (once known as the Kingston and Pembroke railway right-of-way) dates back to the 1800s and served as a railway track for steam engines. The eventual removal of the track created a great trail for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding and cross country skiing. The K&P Trail, while only 15km in total (within city limits) also connects to the Trans Canada Trail, The Rideau Trail and the Cataraqui Trail for a grand total of 76km to Sharbot Lake. The newest section runs from Doug Fluhrer Park to Binington Ct. and Dalton Ave. where it goes from a paved urban trail to a gravel surface in a more rural setting. Harvey and I have been enjoying runs along the new urban stretch that gives you a full 6kms from the park to John Counter Blvd. Along the way we have enjoyed seeing turtles of all sizes who are currently coming on shore to lay their eggs, as well as giant herons stretching their wings, hawks overhead and bunnies hopping in and out of the woods. This section of the trail is perfect for a healthy walk or a family bike ride and a great way to get away from the city without having to leave. See you there!

Join us in completing this week’s #ygkchallenge by liking it on Facebook and/or re-Tweeting it on Twitter. By liking and sharing, you’re not only committing to doing something great, but you’re also helping us spread the word and hopefully encouraging others to participate.

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